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ONE of Arsenal’s longest serving members of staff has announced he is leaving the club.
Reece Watson arrived at Arsenal in 2006 and worked up from assistant groundsman to head groundsman at the Emirates.
He worked closely with Arsene Wenger, who demanded the club’s groundsmen produce an immaculate surface to suit his slick passing style.
Watson did just that – the Emirates is renowned as one of the best pitches in the country – but he has today announced he’s leaving. Watson will bid goodbye to the role in February.
Posting on LinkedIn, Watson wrote: “After 13 years at the club, I have decided to move on to the next chapter.
“I will leave my position in February to start a new and innovative company which will approach things differently and I’m confident will have a great impact on our industry.
“I would like to thank Arsenal FC for the amazing opportunities they have provided me, for which I will be forever grateful.
“I leave behind a fantastic team and indeed some of my closest friends, all of whom have had such a positive influence on my life.
“I’m very excited for what the future holds, watch this space…”
Watson, a boyhood Arsenal fan, spoke of his close working relationship with Wenger in an interview withearlier this year.
In it he said: “We have built up a relationship with Arsene that he respects the work we do, and he knows we will do all we can to ensure the surface is in the condition it needs to be for the football we want to play.
“We know Arsene wants the pitch to play as quickly as possible with the same consistency throughout the whole season.”